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The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) supports graduate students each year through graduate fellowships and research funding.

Application Cycles

Applications for graduate fellowships and the Landau Discussion Paper Prize are accepted and reviewed in the spring quarter. Students may also apply for the George P. Shultz Dissertation Support Fund which provides support for empirical research by graduate students working on dissertations oriented toward problems of economic policy. There are two application cycles per year, one in the fall quarter and one in the spring quarter.

George P. Shultz Dissertation Support Fund

Every year, SIEPR funds a select number of graduate students through the George P. Shultz Dissertation Fund to support graduate students with gathering and working with primary economic data. The funds are provided as a stipend that may be used to pay for travel and expenses to put together original data sets or to acquire commercial data sets.

Eligibility

All dissertation-level students enrolled at Stanford and working on economic issues are eligible for support.

Requirements for submission

  1. Complete our online application form and
  2. Submit a project description, itemized budget, and CV. 

Through the application portal, SIEPR will contact your faculty mentors directly for feedback on your application. You do not need to request letters of recommendation.

The next application cycle will open during the spring quarter of 2022.

Graduate Student Fellowships

The fellowships provide up to three-quarters of fellowship support in the form of tuition and a graduate student stipend to qualified applicants pursuing policy-relevant economics research. Awardees are asked to submit a summary of their work upon completion of the fellowship.

Eligibility

Graduate students seeking tuition and stipend support from SIEPR may apply to SIEPR’s fellowship application and will be matched to appropriate fellowships by the review committee.

Requirements for submission

  1. Complete our online application form and
  2. Submit your prospectus, CV, and a letter describing your project in non-academic terms.

SIEPR will contact your faculty mentors directly for feedback on your application. You do not need to request letters of recommendation.

The next application cycle will open during the spring quarter of 2022.

Landau Discussion Paper Prize

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) awards the Claire and Ralph Landau Student Discussion Paper Prize for the best student-written SIEPR working paper. The $2,500 prize is a tribute to the Landaus and their countless contributions to SIEPR and Stanford’s economics department. The range of eligible topics is as broad as Ralph Landau’s interests were in economics — papers can deal with any issue involving the formulation or evaluation of economic policy. Submissions are accepted in the spring quarter.

Requirements for submission

  1. Students must include the name of their main advisor with their submission.
  2. Papers must contain an abstract.
  3. Papers will be posted after review by the selection committee.

The next application cycle will open during spring quarter 2022.

Hear from our 2021 Landau Prize Recipient, Franklin Qian